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2 fun-loving, wildly experienced Wedding Consultants share their deepest, darkest secrets to help you plan your wedding. You'll learn a lot. Laugh even more. And most importantly get the inside scoop on how to make the most of your big day. Inclusivity is of the utmost importance to us, so this podcast is for EVERYONE. This is not your traditional wedding blog. Trust us. You can't make this stuff up. Email us your questions and we will answer! thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com If you love our show, please call us and leave a message! You might hear yourself on the show. (415) 723-1625

Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews


    • Jan 18, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 57m AVG DURATION
    • 344 EPISODES

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    #342 What does marriage really mean?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 70:16


    Reverend Maureen Cotton is an Interspiritual minister, serving the spiritual-but-not-religious. She's a spiritual wedding coach and officiant with her business The Soulful Wedding. She's on a mission to revive the understanding that weddings are a transformative rite of passage.  Reverend Maureen and Michelle get into what marriage really is, and why the difficulties that come up during wedding planning are actually a gift for the marriage.  Topics We Covered Is marriage just a symbol or a tax status? Can you tell which couples are going to “make it?” The complexities of wedding planning How transformative weddings are How to navigate what traditions make sense to you Wedding visioning Involving religious elements in a non-religious wedding Links We Referenced https://thesoulfulwedding.com https://instagram.com/maureencottonceremonies The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at hello@thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #341 How to Dress Like YOU on Your Wedding Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 74:56


    Sophie Strauss is not a celebrity stylist. She is a stylist for regular people. Using her natural eye for styling, Sophie helps brides, marriers, and all types of regular folk feel and look good in what they are wearing.  Stay tuned at the end of the episode where Michelle has a special closet consultation with Sophie, helping her find the perfect outfit for an upcoming concert. CLICK HERE TO BECOME A PAID SUBSCRIBER Topics We Covered How to dress like you on your wedding day Understanding how you want to feel instead of how you want to look What kind of questions to consider when picking out your wedding day outfit Money saving tips How to look outside of the bridal-sphere How to make it easier to shop used and resale by knowing what you're looking for Knowing when to splurge and go less expensive Tailoring is your friend Links We Referenced Stillwhite.com Sophiestraussstyling.com (10% off any styling service, weddings included. When you fill out the appointment form on my website just put TBWPP in the description somewhere) Instagram.com/sophiestraussstyling Therealreal.com Etsy.com The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at hello@thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #340 Splurge vs. Save - Worth it or Not

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 80:01


    She started the account while shopping for her own wedding wardrobe and began sharing her curated picks with other brides. After getting married in July, she recently founded Second Look, a socially-driven marketplace where brides can buy and sell preloved wedding fashion to other brides and their wedding parties. Topics We Covered Kat shares her own recent wedding experience Awareness on how you are being influenced in the planning process Finding beautiful wedding items on sale What is worth it to splurge on? What should you be saving on? Simple ways to elevate the decor using DIY Elements that were absolutely worth the splurge and ones that can be skipped  Links We Referenced https://www.bridesloveasale.com/ https://instagram.com/bridesloveasale/ https://www.instagram.com/secondlook.co/ https://www.secondlook.co/ Photographer: https://www.instagram.com/janawilliamsphotos_/?hl=en Venue: https://www.saddlerock-ranch.com/ Gown: https://moniquelhuillier.com/ The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #339 You Ask, We Answer - 61

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 73:47


    On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out and interacting with us. Listen and learn, peeps! Do YOU have a wedding planning question? Call and leave us a voicemail at 415-723-1625 -or- email us thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com Kathryn is the owner of Dream a Little Dream Events, and the director of Weddings and Social Events at Merchants Exchange Productions and The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.  Topics We Covered Visiting the location of your out of state wedding When to start shopping for a wedding dress How to plan for the wedding dress shopping with out of town family? Venue double booked our date  DJ giving pushback about timeline Snubbing certain family by not inviting them to rehearsal  Links We Referenced #201 #188 #199 Julia Morgan Ballroom IG #337 BHLDN Dream A Little Dream Events The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #338 She's Planning 2 Bachelorette Parties!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 64:31


    She used Michelle's advice as she planned her own October 2021 wedding and she continues to listen to help her two best friends plan their weddings. She is currently planning both of their bachelorette parties. She is a local tv news anchor and reporter in Lexington, KY and a two-time regional Emmy award winner.  Topics We Covered Making an event that everyone will actually enjoy The questions to ask the marryer - expectations, dates, location, vibe, etc The best organizational tools Lessons learned along the way How to deal with the financial aspects Links We Referenced Kristen Edwards Instagram Zazzle.com Thebach.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #337 Anthropoloigie's Wedding Brand, BHLDN

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 71:27


    Join Lori Conley and Michelle Martinez as the two of them discuss who to bring with you the first time you go wedding shopping, how to transform your look on the wedding day without changing the gown in the middle of the reception, the best ways to inform your guests on the expectations of how they should dress for your wedding, what you need to know if you're getting married in 2023 and more. Topics We Covered History of BHLDN The three muses at BHLDN How to build a wedding wardrobe How to mix and not match bridesmaid dresses Accessories Dress Code Wedding Trends Links We Referenced Anthropologie Bhldn Weddings  The Lane Danielle Frankel Studio The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #336 Family Drama. One Bride's Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 67:44


    Gretchen and her husband Adam could not have come from more different families. Gretchen shares all things family, trauma, wedding planning, family drama, and more. Topics We Covered Family dynamics Family drama in the planning process Losing a sibling to suicide  Overbearing in-laws Hiring a wedding planner vs not Links We Referenced Flower Moxie Heather Heigel Photography Website Healther Heigel Photography Instagram Manistee National Golf & Resort Alchemy Esthetics Alchemy Esthetics Instagram Hair by Cassierizzi Instagram The Nail Art Babe Instagram The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #335 You Ask, We Answer - 60

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 52:55


    Michelle Norwood is a wedding planner based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Topics We Covered Is it rude to seat guests where they cannot see the sweetheart table?  How close is too close to the band for the couple to sit?  What days should I reserve room blocks for a Sunday wedding?  What kind of timeline and entertainment ideas make a difference in creating a unique event?  Is it okay to ask guests to drive to the church?  Do we need to provide transportation for the entire day?  Links We Referenced https://instagram.com/michellenorwoodevents  https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/329-its-not-a-destination-wedding-for-me-but-it-is-for-my-guests https://michellenorwood.com/ The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #334 Singer-Songwriter Ryan Cabrera Shares His Wedding Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 62:59


    Ryan wrote a song that was inspired by Lexi, called "Worth It" and it is Ryan's love letter to the journey that led him to his soulmate. He says, "Through ups and downs, everyone has a story, and this one has a happy ending! It's a song about reflection, a song that says, even if you have to search a lifetime to find your soulmate, it'll be worth it." The music video features real, raw footage from Ryan's wedding at Kempa Villa in Palm Desert. The best part? Ryan planned the wedding himself. "I tried to plan everything around the things that she loves and also create a fun, energetic atmosphere because that's what our lives are like in real life," he explains. "We didn't want a super traditional wedding - we wanted everything to scream our personalities!" Ryan and Michelle talk all about his new song, his wedding day, and all that went into throwing a party to celebrate their love.  Topics We Covered Ryan's Engagement at Epcot Writing the song for his spouse, Alexa Throwing parties  Destination wedding ideas Deciding what matters in the spending Setting priorities Food and Cocktail trucks Links We Referenced www.ryancabrera.com www.instagram.com/ryancabrera www.facebook.com/ryancabrera www.twitter.com/ryancabrera www.youtube.com/RyanCabreraVEVO www.youtube.com/ryancabreratv www.instagram.com/alexa_bliss_wwe_  "Worth It" Newest Wedding Anthem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgqcmIRYqNQ Kempa Villa https://www.kempacollection.com/kempa-villa Bubble Tap Trailer https://taptrailerco.com/ Conscious Cocktails https://consciouscocktails.com/ Heavy Handed Food Truck https://heavyhanded.la/ Yamashiro Food Truck https://yamashirohollywood.com/ Ben & Jerry Food Truck https://www.benjerry.com/plano/catering/ice-cream-truck Gastro Garage Food Truck https://thegastrogarage.com/ Elle A Events https://www.elleaevents.com/ The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #333 Life-Threatening Food Allergies and How To Plan Around Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 54:13


    Her dairy allergy started about 12 years ago and she has been navigating a life with severe food restrictions ever since. Her career and her life intersect perfectly as she works as the Senior Director of Communications for Food Allergy Research & Education, the nation's leading nonprofit funder of food allergy research and advocacy. Topics We Covered: Developing allergies as an adult What kind of allergies are there to consider? What kind of things someone with severe allergies has to consider on the day to day How to plan around allergies What to consider when booking your vendors Epi pens vs other injectors Wedding day emergency kits Considering access to emergency services, in case the worst case scenario does happen Making an emergency plan Links We Referenced Foodallergy.org instagram.com/foodallergy The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #332 Real Wedding Retrospective: Listener Kyra

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 50:38


    Listener Kyra listened to every single episode of TBWPP in 4 months (from June 2021 and finished in October 2021). She was married on April 23, 2022. With no wedding planner, but lots of research, she pulled the day off like Superwoman!  On today's episode, she joins Michelle and shares her own Real Wedding Retrospective. Things We Talked About A Kentucky Destination wedding and all the logistics of travel and accommodations Their Bourbon-Themed wedding Florals  Renting the venue for the whole weekend Giving options for where to stay Clash of regional cultures Non-Traditional meals Dress code Snafus in the process Links We Referenced https://richwoodontheriver.com https://youngheartphoto.com https://somethingborrowedblooms.com The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #331 All about Veils, Capes & Accessories

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 59:21


    Alisha designs handcrafted wedding veils, bridal capes, and accessories so that you walk down the aisle looking elegant and feeling special. She quit her job as a paralegal to take her wedding veil business full time because she believes that every woman deserves to walk confidently down the aisle in a handcrafted heirloom that is theirs to treasure and pass on. Topics We Discussed Veils in pop culture The history of veils Veil lengths  How royalty wears their veils The five biggest wedding veil mistakes to avoid How to DIY your own veil Non-Traditional wedding veil styles How to preserve your dress and veil Care of the veil Links We Referenced FREE *MUST-HAVE* RESOURCE FOR ELEGANT BRIDES -Request free veil swatches and the style guide at https://oneblushingbride.net/pages/contact-me http://www.oneblushingbride.net https://instagram.com/oneblushingbride  https://www.facebook.com/OneBlushingBride/ https://youtube.com/c/OneBlushingBrideBridalAccessories  The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #330 You Ask, We Answer - 59

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 77:03


    On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out and interacting with us. Listen and learn, peeps! Do YOU have a wedding planning question? Call and leave us a voicemail at 415-723-1625 -or- email us thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com Justine Carino is a licensed mental health counselor / psychotherapist with a private practice in White Plains, NY. No one is exempt from anxiety through wedding planning. How can we deal with it in the healthiest ways possible? Joining Michelle on this YAWA, Justine has wonderful tips, advice, and insight to make the whole process more peaceful. Topics We Covered Anxiety around spending How to make a decision on the smaller things (the not-high-priority items) The pressure to look GOOD on your wedding day How to escape all the “shoulds” Dealing with parental criticism and all the anxiety that comes along with it How to wind down at the end of the day and stop planning How to sleep when your mind is racing How to deal with a parent who says they are not going to attend your wedding Links We Referenced Are You A Perfectionist? (Pod Episode 309) Thoughts From The Couch https://www.carinocounseling.com/  The Path to Peace Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #329 It's Not a Destination Wedding For Me, But it is For My Guests

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 50:25


    Living in Orlando, most of Brie's guests will be flying or driving in from out of town.  They talk about music, dancing, room blocks, welcome bags, welcome receptions, invitations, weather considerations, considerations for other big events happening in the area, and more.  Big Takeaways Logistics of planning a destination wedding Fun things to do for guests while in town How to plan around guests traveling in for your wedding Travel reservations for guests Flights, room blocks, and other considerations Links We Referenced Episode 290 - All About Travel, Honeymoons & Destination Weddings The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #328 All About E-Rings, Wedding Bands & Rental Jewelry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 66:48


    Michael's family has been in the diamond industry for 4 generations, and he's been in it for 15 years himself. Michael is a born and bred New Yorker who currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two kids. What We Discuss Engagement ring trends What's a lab grown diamond? What compliments an engagement ring? Where to give and take on budget Wedding band trends What to look out for Jewelry rentals for your wedding day Links We Referenced https://www.verstolo.com/ The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #327 Tips for Fast Planning

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 58:35


    Maybe you're pregnant, your partner is in the military, there are limited options for timing… Whatever the reason, Jesse and Michelle have TIPS! Jesse Reing is a wedding planner that started her career in NYC. The very first wedding she planned was a destination wedding that she put together, and pulled off in just SIX weeks. She is the owner of the events and wedding planning company, Events By Jesse. She is a lifelong hospitality professional, getting her start in 5 star hotels and Michelin star restaurants, before opening her company 7 years ago. Jesse has a true passion bringing her clients visions to reality…the funkier and quirkier, the better! Big Topics Covered Choosing dates Touring venues Hiring planners Using personal recommendations The best way to send invites Links We Referenced Eventsbyjesse.com Instagram.com/eventsbyjesse The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #326 You Ask, We Answer - 58

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 80:55


    On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out and interacting with us. Listen and learn, peeps! On this month's episode of YAWA, Michelle is joined by returning co-host, wedding designer, planner, podcast host, expert of all things weddings - extraordinaire, Kelly McWilliams! Questions Covered Should it be a dealbreaker if a unique venue is missing some of the “essentials,” like a getting ready area?  How can I put my foot down with my Mother-In-Law?  How can I honor my father without following old, patriarchal traditions?  What do I do with unruly guests that might get out of hand around alcohol? Do I need to go dry?  Links We Referenced Episode 296 with Kelly McWilliams Kellymcwilliams.com Instagram.com/kellyamcwilliams  Instagram.com/thisvsthatweddingpodcast Bettersway.com  Wedding Planning Decision Presenting vs. Giving Away the Bride The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #325 Decoding Your Dreams: Wedding and Otherwise

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 78:16


    In the words of Deepak Chopra, "Theresa Cheung shows us that the way forward is to understand that consciousness/spiritual awareness is the fundamental ground of all experience" and Russell Brand has called her "mysterious, illuminating, kind and informative." Questions We Answer Do our dreams mean anything? How can we use them to guide us in waking life? What if I constantly dream about wedding disasters?  What are dreams, anyway?  Links We Referenced Theresacheung.com Theresa Cheung's Instagram Theresa Cheung's Dream Dictionary Theresa Cheung's “Hot to Catch a Dream” The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #324 Finding Unconventional Venues with Peerspace

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 41:30


    Rony, of PeerSpace, developed a marketplace where you can book unique spaces for any event, including your big day! Rony Chammas is the Founder and Chief Product Officer of Peerspace. Rony came up with the concept of Peerspace as an MBA student at NYU Stern, and has been on a mission to give the world more choice and reason to meet, create, and celebrate together ever since. Things You'll Learn How to find unique locations that you won't find anywhere else Finding an extraordinary venue within your budget Simplifying the process of booking event spaces for your wedding How to know if a venue is within your budget from the get go Links We Referenced https://www.peerspace.com https://www.instagram.com/peerspace/  https://www.peerspace.com/resources/wedding-podcasts-2020/  https://madein.peerspace.com/space-for-change  https://madein.peerspace.com/?ddc4ac96_page=3 The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #323 Advice From a Celebrity Hair Stylist

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 60:14


    HAIR! Did you know that having a good hair style on your wedding day can improve your mood, the quality of your photos, and the overall glam you feel? Celebrity Hair Stylist and Artistic Director for Color Wow, Joseph Maine has become a sought after hairstylist in NY and LA for red carpets, editorial shoots and glamorous weddings. He has worked with Jenifer Anniston, Kate Mckinnon, Sophia Bush, Priyanka Chopra and many more. More recently has become best known for his educational tutorials and inspirational videos on tiktok and allure.com. Topics Covered Celebrity hair stories Joseph's favorite everyday products you could go out and buy right now Wedding hair trends How to find a wedding day hair stylist Tips for the timeline  Hair trials? Links We Referenced josephmaine.com/about instagram.com/josephmaine Tiktok: joseph.maine https://colorwowhair.com https://olaplex.com  The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is: Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba. Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics. On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon, and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #322 {Exclusive Audio} The Last Phase Of Wedding Planning

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 54:34


    In today's episode, Michelle talks with listener Lindsey who has a wedding coming up on October 21, 2022. Michelle and Lindsey talk about all the things that Lindsey was either thinking about, needed to take care of, was considering, or decisions being made in the three months leading up to her wedding day. There are so many tedious tasks that come in this last phase of wedding planning. It catches you off guard sometimes because in the middle phase, there is a lot to take care of and then you get it done. Then there is a lull time and you feel like... "shouldn't I have a lot going on right now?" You should use that lull time to make sure you are keeping up with things but you should also take it in and enjoy it because... The last phase of wedding planning is A LOT. If you are in the last phase of wedding planning... you've got this! You are going to be walking down that isle soon with the love of your life, partying with your people! Things You'll Learn on This Episode Changing your hair color Starting your facials Getting your fittings for your dress Expensive dress alterations Final meetings with vendors Strategizing when to have each meeting Family style dinner Sweetheart table vs. Head Table Bachelorette Party Weekend Escort Cards Seating Charts Showers! Links We Referenced PLAN-IT! A LIVE Wedding Planning Bootcamp Lindsey Leardi on Tik Tok The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is: Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba. Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics. On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon, and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #321 You Ask, We Answer - 57

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 74:08


    On the last Wednesday of every month, we answer wedding planning questions from our listeners. These are always chock full of information that EVERYONE can benefit from. We have so much fun and we love our listeners for reaching out and interacting with us. Listen and learn, peeps! Do YOU have a wedding planning question? Call and leave us a voicemail at 415-723-1625 -or- email us thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com What if my fiance doesn't want a wedding and won't help plan? Is it a bad sign if my wedding photographer doesn't have a contract? Darryl Moore of D' Concierge Events joins Michelle to answer these questions and more on this month's YAWA!  What you will learn on this episode Ideas for alternative centerpieces for a lower budget  What should you be focusing on with only a couple months until the big day?  What to do if a vendor doesn't have a contract  Dealing with an unenthusiastic fiancé Making sure guests know it's okay if they don't come to the ceremony Is it okay to ask guests to stay at a particular hotel and not bring gifts?  Links We Referenced Episode #310 with D Concierge Dconciergeweddings.com Withlovedconcierge.com The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #320 Wedding Day Transportation Help

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 56:21


    What if that town doesn't have uber or at least not reliable cabs? In this episode, Michelle is joined by a listener and future bride who needs a little guidance on setting up transportation for her big day.  How do you pick a transportation company? What should you ask them? Does it make sense to book them for the whole day?  Links We Referenced The Wedding Transportation Mini-Course The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #319 Handling Grief From the Loss of a Loved One While Wedding Planning with Dr. Mekel Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 78:22


    Dr. Mekel Harris is a licensed psychologist and health services provider who specializes in grief and loss. While we hope and pray none of you have to deal with this while planning, Dr. Harris joins Michelle and listener Jamie to talk about tools and strategies to sort through grief at such an emotionally heightened and exciting time. Big Takeaways Choosing not to share your grief can exacerbate your symptoms and the intensity of the feelings. Allowing people to show up for you, and telling them specifically what you need is so necessary in the coping and healing processes. It's okay to ask a grieving person what they need. A wedding can be a beautiful time to memorialize those who are no longer with us, but do so in a way that will not feel too heavy or invasive of your happy day. Your loved ones would absolutely want your wedding to be a beautiful, happy celebration. It's also okay to have sad moments. Life happens. Your feelings are valid. Links We Referenced mekelharrisphd.com instagram.com/drmekel The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #318 Rehearsals ARE Necessary

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 48:16


    In this episode, Michelle is joined by Mark Groleau (of Unboring Weddings) to talk about why a rehearsal is a key, necessary part of the wedding. Big Takeaways The whole reason you're having a wedding is because you're getting married! If you are going to have a ceremony, it's crucially important to have a rehearsal. When you rehearse, you set yourself up for an incredibly successful day. Who wants to be figuring it all out at the last minute?  It doesn't have to feel mechanical, beautiful moments happen at rehearsals too. It's great for everyone to say hello, give hugs, and really enjoy reconnecting before the wedding.  Links We Referenced https://www.unboringweddingacademy.com/bigwedding (discount!) https://www.instagram.com/unboringwedding The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #317 Unpopular Wedding Opinions with Jamie Wolfer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 77:25


    Joining Michelle is Jamie Wolfer: wedding planner, content creator, podcast host, and the ultimate wedding advice giver.  Hot Takes Addressed on the Ep Are engagement rings a massive waste of money?  Do you even need a wedding party?  Nude-colored wedding dresses?  Cocktail style instead of a sit down dinner?  Why ban children? Should you have a head table? What about sweetheart tables?  Are proposals even worth it?  Do we even want to dance?! Is it on the couple to pay for the wedding party?  What if you just want a completely traditional wedding? Should I worry about my guests that much or really make the day purely about us? Are balloon arches tacky?  Can dry weddings be fun? Do people only have big weddings because they want lots of wedding gifts? Links We Referenced https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdAcY6YGgF-RgGYXTsOENbA https://www.instagram.com/wolferandco/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/wolferandcompany  https://www.wolferandco.com  The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #316 You Ask, We Answer - 56

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 60:49


    Our monthly episode of You Ask, We Answer; where we take time to listen to our audience's questions, select top trending picks, and answer them on the show. This month Michelle's co-host is one of the most incredible wedding planners around, Jason Mitchell Kahn! Questions Answered! How to handle a registry (asking for charitable donations as well as wedding gifts) in a non-tacky way RSVP deadlines for a destination wedding Having a wedding officiant that's a friend, and how to break it to your parents you're not going the pastor route What to do when a coordinator drops out last minute Tips for tent weddings (fully outdoors/there are no inside spaces) Links We Referenced https://luxurydestinationtravel.com jasonmitchellkahn.com  instagram.com/mrjasonmitchell twitter.com/mrjasonmitchell facebook.com/jasonmitchellkahnandco The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #315 Michelle's Travel Tips

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 48:19


    Who doesn't love to travel?! Michelle certainly loves it. Especially to Mexico City! In this episode, she shares some great travel tips to make your adventures as stress-free as possible. What Is Covered Medicine Travel Viruses Seeing doctors in other countries Packing! What clothes should you really bring?  Toiletries What should go in your carry-on?  Sanitizing  Travel credit cards Passports TSA Pre-Check Global Entry Links We Referenced Michelle's Ultimate Travel Packing Amazon Shopping List Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Rewards Credit Card TSA Precheck Global Entry Mobile Passport Control Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #314 Real Wedding Retrospective with Delanie Fischer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 63:13


    A wedding should be alllll about you and your partner! When your guests leave, they should be smiling and thinking, “wow that was so them.” On this Real Wedding Retrospective, Delanie shares all about her unconventional, simple, and REAL wedding. From all vegan food, to flower people and bubble boys, to a magician, to her husband tossing the bouquet, this wedding was anything other than traditional.  Delanie Fischer is a Business Simplicity Coach, Professional Podcaster, and “influencer” turned social media free entrepreneur. She helps both new and established service providers build and scale minimalist businesses for more revenue AND free time. Big Takeaways If you have a lot of single friends at the wedding, try a co-ed bouquet toss. It's a fun way for everyone to see each other.  Delanie recommends bringing your own coordinator to the venue she used, and not using the venue's coordinator. The rest of the venue staff was great! Topics: Vegan Menu Planning - how to suss out whether the venue chef can make a delicious plant based menu before booking COVID rescheduling and elopement No kid wedding! Roasts instead of toasts Going overtime with the bar Unique touches to the big day Links We Referenced delaniefischer.com  https://www.westlakevillageinn.com https://www.instagram.com/selfhelplesspodcast/ https://flowermoxie.com https://www.selfhelplesspodcast.com/episodes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #313 Non-Traditional, Custom Wedding Garments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 63:47


    It can be very hard to find worthwhile options for the non-traditional bride. We all want to find something really special and that actually fits our desires for the wedding day. There are beautiful, unique options out there though, you just have to know where to look! Madison Chamberlain is a Fashion Designer who focuses on creating non traditional gowns and accessories for the unique bride/client. After years designing in the fashion industry, Madison took a leap and left to start her own business where she could focus on being inclusive and sustainable while designing beautiful pieces. She believes fashion should be playful and fun and bring the utmost joy to the wearer! Big Takeaways Custom dresses/wedding garments don't have to mean $20,000. It is actually very much in line with a typical off-the-rack dress. Also, with off-the-rack, you almost always will have to get alterations. For Madison, she starts at $2,500 and it can change with complexity and cost of materials. In the end, you leave with a custom made, fits-like-a-glove piece. Everyone deserves to feel their very very best in their wedding day garments. No matter your body size, your shape, your emotions, a custom piece can make you feel like royalty.  Links We Refenced Madisonchamberlain.com instagram.com/madisonchamberlain_ https://candicecuoco.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #312 You Ask, We Answer - 55

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 72:07


    Our monthly episode of You Ask, We Answer; where we take time to listen to our audience's questions, select top trending picks, and answer them on the show. This month Michelle's co-host is an extra special, familiar voice, Christy Matthews!  Question 1: My fiancé's grandma used to yodel professionally. Yes - not singing, but yodeling. She's in her 90s now and definitely misses her yodeling career. She yodels at every opportunity when she leaves the house.  I am worried that she will try to steal the show at our wedding. There will be lots of new faces for her - a fresh audience. I know that it would mean a lot to my fiancé if we have her perform a song. And I think 1 song would be acceptable, but how do I draw (and enforce) the line?  Question 2:  Do you have any suggestions for something casual in terms of welcome drinks and also something casual to say goodbye at the end of the weekend?  Question 3:  I'm dealing with something very difficult for my January 14 wedding. My older sister who I always assumed would be one of my maid/matrons of honor told me 3 weeks ago that she didn't want to be in the wedding and she thought it should just be me and my friends. We have a hard relationship, 8 years apart, and this was sad and hurtful to me.... Then last week she called to tell us that she's pregnant with her third baby! This is exciting... but her due date it January 13- the day before my wedding She lives in Texas and I'm in Florida so this means she wouldn't be able to even attend, no flower girls, and I'm so happy for her but heartbroken at the same time because I can't picture my wedding without her. I would ask what I can do- but I think most of it is out of my control at this point. Any thoughts? (Rescheduling isn't an option) Question 4: I'm struggling with how to tell a girl who I'm not close with that she isn't in the bridal party. She's made so many assumptions that she is and references to bridesmaid dresses and it's just incredibly uncomfortable. She got mad at me for not inviting her when I went dress shopping. I'm a people pleaser so I was tempted to just include her, but her personality is not one I want around me on my special day (she will still be a guest).  I know I can't tell her over text- but don't know if it's better to tell her via phone call or in person.  Question 5: My fiance and his mother are not very close. His brother's wedding anniversary is a week before our wedding. His mother wants us to dedicate a song to them. We will not be doing that. I want to reach out to her and let her know that we will not be dedicating our wedding to them. I know this may sound mean, but I know this woman and she will keep pushing unless I set boundaries. What do you think? Should I just ignore it? Or say something?  Question 6: When is the bridal/wedding shower held? I've seen and heard everything from 2 months to 5 months before the wedding date. Does the timeframe even matter? Question 7:  My maid of honor, or Best Woman as she prefers to be called, just turned 22 (6 year age difference) and doesn't have the finances nor health to plan our wedding shower. Normally, I would say our mom could plan it with her. However, our mom has been acting very erratically the past 2 years and has already caused issues with the wedding planning process. My fiance's mom might be willing to plan the shower but that would cause my fiance a different type of stress and my mom would still hijack the shower planning process to have it HER way. I am a people pleaser and one of my friends already gave me encouragement not to settle on my priorities and decisions out of the false hope it would make wedding planning easier. Does that apply to wedding showers? Do brides regret a wedding shower in which they didn't have a voice? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #311 All About Wedding Beauty Prep

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 74:18


    How do you want to look on your wedding day? Are you thinking of changing your hair? Are you going to spray tan? Do you want to hire a hair and makeup artist? What about skin treatments? In this episode we cover all things beauty that you need to know in preparation of your wedding.  Emily Edgar has been a professional makeup artist for over 10 years working all over the industry. Having been trained in Paris, France with the top European makeup academy and worked in the iconic New York City beauty scene – she has seen and done a lot! In addition to her on-set experience, she spent 3 years teaching the skills of makeup artistry to new artists and beauty enthusiasts alike at the Make Up For Ever Academy in NYC. Like the true professional she is, Emily provides endless tips, tricks and product recommendations, making her and the Bride's Guide to Beauty a valuable resource for individuals of any skill level.  Big Takeaways While there is truly zero requirement to do any of the beauty tips recommended in this episode, we wanted to give some hot tips from a professional make-up artist on how to look your most polished on your wedding day. It is important to remember that sometimes you can overdo it too, you want to feel like yourself in your pictures when you look back. Ultimately, you want to feel comfortable in your skin.  When you're looking for your hair and make-up people, consider if you would feel good spending a lot of time with them. You absolutely want to be surrounded by people who support you and help you feel calm as you are preparing for the ceremony.  There is often no time to have a trial before booking a make-up artist, so when searching there are some things to look out for. Do a google search, find them on big wedding sites, see how they appear and what they share on multiple platforms. They should have a professional site. Think about how they are responding to your emails, are they respecting your time?   Remember that your vendor team and your planner are great resources! Vet your practitioners! If they haven't been practicing for a long time, it might not be the best option before your wedding. Someone with a great portfolio and recommendations goes a long way. When deciding your wedding style, consider how you want to mesh the inspiration you find and the styles you love with your personal daily beauty/style. Think about what it is in the pictures you found that you really like. Is it their skin texture? The lip color? The hair? Consider the details. Links We Referenced The Bride's Guide to Beauty (Use promo code BIGWEDDING for $100 off) Emily Edgar Makeup Bride's Guide to Beauty on IG Emily Edgar Makeup on IG The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #310 Planning, designing & inspiring with D. Concierge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 73:43


    You will be inspired by listening to celebrity wedding planner, Darryl Moore of D' Concierge Events share awesome stories, experiences and advice. Darryl has been featured in Vogue, Munaluchi Bride, Brides, The New York Times and more. What we love about Darryl is that even though he has planned some celebrity weddings, he still loves working with the “everyday bride”. What you will learn on this episode Advice on hiring a planner How Darryl advocates diversity for his clients and his colleagues LOTS of design tips How to stop overspending on things that have little impact Darryl's theory on accessorizing your dining tables What to do when you like too many colors for your wedding How to use the color black in your wedding design - it's always timeless look How to ensure cohesiveness with your wedding design Some of the celebrity weddings Darryl has worked on - Danielle Brooks! Links We Referenced http://dconciergeweddings.com https://www.withlovedconcierge.com Instagram handle: d.concierge Quotes “If you're going to have a preferred vendors list, there should be some diversity.” - Darryl Moore “When it comes to instagram and social media, I don't really follow other event planners and that's not a competition thing. My inspiration really comes from home interior, fashion magazines, and travel magazines, because I feel like that's kinda where the trends start.” - Darryl Moore “And that's all that matters to me, you know. Like the girl that has the wedding of her dreams. That's all that matters to me and getting married and having the, ya know marrying her prince charming. That's, in the end, that's what matters. Everything else does not.” - Darryl Moore The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #309 Are you a perfectionist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 54:20


    We are all perfectionists in some way, shape or form. Planning a wedding can certainly heighten our perfectionist tendencies. And while we all know that wedding planning can be overwhelming, guess what? Overwhelm causes procrastination! Our guest on this episode is going to give some tips on how to avoid these tendencies and procrastination and set you on the right track. Our guest is Nicole Baker. Nicole is a Coach who helps perfectionists not only set goals, but actually follow through on them. Having grown up in a family immersed in the personal development world, she has been attending seminars and absorbing personal growth tools her whole life. She has since helped hundreds of perfectionists accomplish goals ranging from starting their own businesses, to starting and staying committed to a morning routine. She has been featured in Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, The Self Helpless Podcast and The Mighty plus is the CEO of Life Coach Baker LLC and the host of The Life Coach Baker Podcast. Nicole's 3 types of perfectionists: The Overachiever: Sees the very high peak goal and thinks they need to have reached it yesterday The Procrastinator: Gets overwhelmed and then distracted. Puts things off until they are “motivated”. The People Pleaser: Do not trust their own voice and put others on a pedestal Nicole's tips for perfectionists: Slow Down Find a mantra you can come back to that helps calm you down and bring you back into yourself. Trust your own voice. Listen to a personal development podcast that helps center you. Read a good personal development book. Hire a therapist, coach, or mentor. Start that inner work. Start at step one, and move one step at a time. Links We Referenced Nicole's Podcast Take the Quiz! What type of perfectionist are you? Nicole on Instagram: @lifecoachbaker Peerspace Quotes: “Are you teaching people how to be perfect, Nicole?” - Michelle “I'm doing the opposite. I'm like let's be messy, let's release control, let's take action and not feel like it has to be perfect.” - Nicole “Overachiever - hella motivated, very, very good at getting shit done. Procrastinator - they're really good at dreaming. Procrastinators are phenomenal at saying, ‘I want this type of life.' It's just the follow through that they have issues with. And then people pleasers - they're so empathetic. They love to care about other people's feelings, which is definitely a trait to be admired. However, when it comes at the cost of your own voice, that's when it's the issue.” - Nicole “And the biggest thing about slowing down, it's not like going and laying on your couch and watching Netflix, unless that's your jam. It's all about slowing down your mind and getting present, because if we're not present for our life, why are we working so hard to build it?” - Nicole  The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #308 Summer Reading 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 44:29


    Author Georgia Clark returns to talk Summer Reading 2022! Last year, she was a guest on episode #253 Summer reading 2021. It was such a fan fave, that we wanted her back to give us more! Georgia hosts a live storytelling show called, “Generation Women,” in NYC, where she live's with her “hot wife”, Lindsay and baby girl Rozella, born on 2/27/22 at 12:22. Georgia's summer book recommendations #1 Seven Days in June by Tia Williams - Romance (rom-dram) - Best seller. Paperback out in June 2022 - Epic love story between 2 black writers - A sexy, joyful, dark, gritty, star-crossed lovers tale set in Brooklyn, NY. #2 Ghosts by Dolly Alderton - Coming of age/fiction - Dolly's first novel - After saying ‘I love you,' Nina's boyfriend ghosts her. - First person narrative #3 The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa - Contemporary rom-com - Follow up to “The Best Worst Man” by Sosa - Centers the fake-relationship trope #4 Call Me By Your Name by Andrew Aciman - Throwback classic romance - The book that the movie was based on! - Story of young love between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parent's home in Italy #5 I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston - Queer young adult - Author of Red, White, and Royal-Blue - Centered around a prom queen that goes missing #6 Island Time by Georgia Clark! - Queer ensemble rom-com - Set in Georgia's home country of Australia - A 3-day trip turns into a 6-week experience due to a volcanic explosion In case you missed it last year: It Had To Be You by Georgia Clark - Great read for the wedding planning process Links We Referenced georgiaclark.com generationwomen.us Georgia on Instagram: @georgialoclark Quotes “I have never really read a book that so beautifully and expertly charts the feeling of first love in the way that it's so full of desire and passion, but also obsession, you know, even anger. The spark that exists between these two men just leaps off the page.” - Georgia (on Call Me By Your Name) “I got married in 2019 and that's when I started writing this book because I realized that wedding planning was no joke. It's really tough. It also just brought up so much stuff for us.” - Georgia (on her new book, Island Time) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    #307 Kravis & other weddings in pop culture

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 71:19


    Michelle is joined by Chanler & Lauren of The Pop Apologists Podcast on this very fun episode where they review many weddings in pop culture. Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker start us off! Weddings covered on this episode: Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker #Kravis Danielle Brooks & Dennis Gelin Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Cardi B & Offset Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Links @popapologists on Instagram Listen to the Pop Apologists on Apple Podcasts or any podcast player you like! Chanler on Instagram: @chancuterie Lauren on Instagram: @laurenbledsoe The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon. Become a member and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #306 You Ask, We Answer - 54

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 63:51


    Our monthly episode of You Ask, We Answer; where we take time to listen to our audiences questions, select top trending picks, and answer them on the show. This month Michelle's co-host is Megan Gillikin. Megan is a wedding planner, podcast host and career coach (to planners). Questions In This Episode My fiancé's brother got married last year (eloped with only us present). Last weekend, he asked my fiancé "Do you ever think you ended up with the wrong person?" Yikes! How often do you see family photos taken without the spouses of siblings?   I got engaged in October 2021 to my partner of 4 years. It was magical and amazing. I am part of a friend group consisting of 4 other girls and their partners. One girl who I'm not as close with, was waiting for her boyfriend to propose and was upset when I got engaged. She didn't congratulate me, and we spent a girls trip we went on shortly thereafter consoling her while she cried. Can I not invite her to my wedding? How to make the reception flow when there is no ceremony? 3 weeks from my wedding! What am I forgetting?   I am knee deep in designing my dream engagement ring, and my partner is excited for me and so supportive, so I should feel nothing but joy... but part of me still feels a tinge of sadness knowing that the ring itself, or when it's being shipped to us will not be a surprise like I had always hoped. How can we retain some element of magic and surprise around the proposal when I'm so intimately involved in the process already (and will always think every outing could be the big day)?  I'm trying to decide on a San Diego based wedding planner but for one's price point for partial planning package ($4750) is more than others price point for full planning package ($4200). It seems like a no brainer since we like both planners but with the full we are getting more. Advice for comparing packages and prices?  Links We Referenced https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com https://asouthernsoiree.com/ https://www.theplannersvault.com/ instagram.com/plannersvault  The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is: Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. Edited by Veronica Gruba. Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics. On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode On Patreon, and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #305 Real Wedding Retrospective: Elliot & Kenneth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 64:34


    The amount of things that went wrong for this couple while wedding planning is almost unbelievable! From being victims of a ponzi scheme, to COVID reschedules, to their wedding planner being banned from their 3rd venue (yes, you read it right, 3rd venue), to the Maid Of Honor quitting...and that's not even the half of it. Elliot Olson is a wife, dog mom, fitness and food enthusiast, and implementation consultant from the Kansas City area. She's passionate about diversity and equality, vegan food, and her two adorable pups. In her free time, she loves to check out local coffee shops, go on walks around her neighborhood, watch chick flicks, and force Kenny to join her on all the above. Elliot and Kenny were legally wed on March 21, 2020, and they celebrated on March 19, 2022. Along the way, they hit every snag you could think of through the process of planning from day one. "I may not have had the best luck wedding planning, but I had the best luck in finding my partner" ~ Elliot (soooooo sweet and in love) Links We Referenced https://www.loveandcoevents.com/ instagram.com/loveandcoevent https://www.bstratbuckerphoto.com/ instagram.com/bstratphotofa12 https://www.dutzelscatering.com/ instagram.com/dutzelscatering https://28event.com/ instragram.com/28event https://www.elbowchocolates.com/ instagram.com/alyacevedophotography We are able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. Become a Patron, you'll get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month. Learn More: Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #304 All About Finding Your Venue(s)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 71:02


    Michelle and guest Julie Roth Novack of PartySlate, give you all of the hard facts, pro tips and tricks of the process of finding and securing your wedding venue. About our guest: Julie Roth Novack is the CEO and Co-Founder of PartySlate. She brings over 20 years of digital experience overseeing global and national teams. Prior to PartySlate, Julie led the Sales and Services team at Vibes, a mobile marking SAAS company. Links We Referenced Julie on Instagram (instagram.com/juliepartyslate/) PartySlate (https://www.partyslate.com) Houzz (https://www.houzz.com/) Doodle (https://doodle.com/en/) Episode #296 All About Home Weddings with David Tutera (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/296-all-about-home-weddings-with-david-tutera) Episode #182 Venue Owner Tells All (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/182-venue-owner-tells-all?rq=venue) Episode #201 Five Venues Across The Country As We Reopen (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/201-five-venues-across-the-country-as-we-reopen) Michelle's YouTube video about venues (https://youtu.be/SIp3q-T8_CY) We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). If you become a Patron, you'll get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month. Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #303 Weddings Scams & How To Protect Yourself with Adam Levin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 60:51


    Ok, so now we need to worry about scams while wedding planning? Seriously? Who knew? We don't want to freak you out. We want to bring these things to your attention, so you are aware they are out there and provide some info on how you can protect yourself. There are so many tips in this episode. Not only during wedding planning, but best practices for protecting yourself from identity theft, credit card theft and so many scams. Adam K. Levin is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance and has distinguished himself as a fierce consumer advocate for the past 50 years. Former Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is the founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. He is author of the critically acclaimed book Swiped and host of the podcast What the Hack with Adam Levin (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-the-hack-with-adam-levin/id1571482669). Wedding Scams To Be Aware Of Fake vendors Counterfeit dresses Fake honeymoon packages Fake registries Fake Charities & Group donations Links Adam on Instagram: @adamklevin Adam's website: https://adamlevin.com/ Adam's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-the-hack-with-adam-levin/id1571482669 Adam's book: https://www.amazon.com/Swiped-Yourself-Scammers-Phishers-Identity-ebook/dp/B012271LV0/ref=sr11?crid=YPUV3NOBRI6F&keywords=swiped+adam+levin&qid=1649897301&sprefix=swiped%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-1 https://loudtreemedia.com/ https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action https://www.charitynavigator.org/ Quotes "Never trust. Always question. Always verify" - Adam K. Levin “There are a lot of websites that are fabulous and you can see a wide array of opportunities there, in terms of dresses. But if a dress seems just way too inexpensive to be real, it probably is. So, you could buy it and it shows up, and let's say it shows up 3 or 4 weeks before the wedding, and it is a knock off what you thought you were getting.” - Adam K. Levin “It's always important to check with the concierge at the hotel you're staying at to make sure you're making the right move. Now listen, a lot of these hotels, their people are getting a bit from different attractions that you can go to. But at the same point, I would still rather go to a concierge at a hotel that I trusted, then to say ‘oh this looks fun, interesting, and I've never heard of this before.' There may be a reason why.” - Adam K. Levin “Remember, when you're telling people where you are, you're telling people where you're not.” - Adam K. Levin We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). If you want to become a Patron (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast), and get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast)! A giant thank you to all of our Patrons, who help keep this podcast running! Learn more by checking out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #302 - How To Get Organized For Wedding Planning

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 28:02


    People jump into wedding planning without really getting themselves set up for success. Planning a wedding is a lot like taking on a second part time job where you'll be spending hundreds of hours planning, in addition to all the other things you already have going on in your life, at work, with family and more. Which is why, this special episode is all about guiding you toward the smoothest planning road possible. Today's show is hosted as a solo episode with Michelle, who knows a lot, and we mean a lot, about wedding planning. She's not just giving you freebie checklists or sharing her favorite amazon must reads. You'll learn exactly what to do now that you've embarked on the journey of planning your special day. Get ready to take notes, to listen, and to learn! Big Takeaways: This is what you should do BEFORE you get started with wedding planning tools. Planning a wedding is like taking on a freelance gig, except you aren't getting paid. You are going to start reaching out to new types of services, vendors, stores, going to wedding shows, but after the wedding is over, you won't have much need to keep in touch with any of these businesses or services, so you'll want to be sure that your forever accounts are not being used for the wedding. Trust me. After the wedding, you will move on to other life events, so you may even want to repeat some of these tips in another year or so… When you start your wedding planning journey, my wish for you is that it you are able to focus. I want your Planning process to be * Fun * Smooth * And memorable for all the right reasons My 5 tips to get you set up and organized for your wedding planning journey. #1 - New Email Address for the wedding only - I recommend signing up for a Google. * You have a personal email, you have a work email, now you have a wedding email. When you're done with wedding planning, you can close it. * Only check it at certain times. Keeps you focused at work if you do. * When you sign up on wedding websites for discounts, you won't be spammed in your other email inboxes. * It comes with Google Drive - all the tools you need - sheets, docs, slides. * It comes with Google Calendar. * This is your wedding planning calendar and you will both see what is coming up and be able to set up meetings, calls, etc… * Go in and block times that you cannot do wedding related activities. * Include Vacations * Work travel * Weekly meetings that you each have for work. * Work hours *#2 - Google Voice * * Google Voice is a free service. A single phone number that you can call or text from. I have the app on my iPhone and it rings from there. You can set up a voicemail outgoing message as well. You can set up a Google Voice account on either your computer or mobile device, and immediately begin placing domestic and international calls, or sending texts. * Privacy - You don't have to give your personal number to potential vendors at a wedding expo. You may sign up for a discount that is only given if they can send you text messages. * Keeps your personal or work phone clear of wedding communication. Again, this is another way to keep things organized #3 - Social Media Accounts * Helps keep your personal or business feed free of wedding related content. Remember, once the wedding is over, you won't need to be seeing this stuff anymore. You can move on to your next life event. * DM'ing may start happening with vendors too. * Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, Pinterest… #4 - Weekly wedding planning sessions * Talking about your wedding planning tasks all the time is no good for your relationship. Do yourselves a favor and keep notes on items that need to be covered for your scheduled wedding planning meetings. * They may change to bi-weekly once all vendors are hired and you are in your lull phase of planning. * Keep your life organized. Wedding Wednesdays? * Add standing meetings to your google calendar. #5 - Priorities * It's time to talk about what is important to each of you when it comes to the wedding. This is going to drive every decision you make AND influence your wedding budget. * This is an exercise for you. Each of you does this first part alone. No influence from your partner. Scale of 1-10 * To get a free PDF of this exercise, go to www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/priorities (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/priorities) *Now you are ready to start wedding planning! * Choose the resources that work best for you. There are many free wedding planning tools available online, books to purchase, organizers, etc.. You can even use a project management system that businesses use like Asana, Monday or Trello. My recommendation? My Master Class of course!! Links we referenced! Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com) Sign up for a free personal google account here: https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp (https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp) www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/priorities (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/priorities) - Free PDF Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #301 - You Ask, We Answer #53

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 71:54


    Our monthly episode of You Ask, We Answer; where we take time to listen to our audiences questions, select top trending picks, and answer them on the show. This month we've got co-host Mark Allan Groleau joining Michelle as a special co-host. Mark is a professional full time wedding officiant and a trainer of officiant and celebrants all over the world as he helps to teach others how to officiate an unboring ceremony! Mark and Michelle dive into your most sought after questions, and answer questions ranging from 'two languages and two religions', all the way to officiating 'non religious weddings'. Listen in and get ready to learn! Question #1: I have a question regarding losing trust in a wedding vendor, specifically my wedding planner. There have been a handful of communication issues between myself and our wedding planner that have caused me to doubt our selection in wedding planners. Can anything be done at this point? Our wedding is in 7 months, and we do really like our planner personality wise and vibe well enough, but I really need these communication issues to be fixed. I'm paying for full planning services and feel I shouldn't have this anxiety of needing to check my planner's progress or follow up on things. We've already brought it up once a few months back, so bringing it up again will be the 2nd time. Is it too much for me to ask to be copied on emails she sends to our vendors regarding our wedding? Answer #1: It sounds absolutely necessary to need to bring this up a second time. The planner is supposed to help relieve stress and planning weight from the couple, not cause more. There is NO reason you should not receive a response of some kind within 24 hours, even if the response is just them saying they will get back to you. It sounds like this planner has taken on more than they can chew. Be straight forward with your needs to them, in a tactful way. Email them to set up an appointment, and talk about these needs with them in person. Express your feelings and needs. Question #2: Ceremony readings that aren't religious? Also, ideas for a unity ceremony that aren't super cheesy or overdone (like the sand mixing)? Answer #2: Mark doesn't love readings at a ceremony. A bit boring. Any reading should come from you, a book that you love, a poem that means something to the two of you, song lyrics. A new trend is mixing a cocktail they couple loves and taking the shot. It's fun and fresh! Scottish Quaich is a fun one. A bowl w/ 2 handles and whiskey - Google it Unity ceremonies hand-fasting, sand ceremony, unity candles, don't have to be cheesy or boring if explained in the right way. Question #3: I'm using Unboring wedding academy and my moms best friends are our officiants. Having 2 officiants instead of just 1? Any advice or tricks? Answer #3: Naturally choose a section for each officiant to read, how you met, the first date, the proposal, vows, ring exchange - each step forward to the mic for each section Question #4: I'm not changing my name so at the end of the ceremony what should they say instead of “the new mr and mrs. blank”? Answer #4: First name and First name as “husband and wife” or whatever title you are more comfortable. Maybe name and name are married! Question #5: Considering asking a friend to be an officiant. How do we go about asking? Should we pay for their certification/license? Answer #5: Bring the to dinner, drinks, ask them. Keep it simple. Also some great Tik Tok videos on fun ways to do this. Yes, you should definitely at least cover their costs to be your officiant. You should definitely check out Mark's digital course Unboring! Wedding Academy Question #6: How to go about choosing an officiant when you're not a part of a church? Answer #6: Look online for a professional officiant or vendor list from your venue, or recommendations from friends or relatives Question #7: How to tell your parents that you don't want to use their pastor? Answer #7: Be firm. They need to hear this is not what you want for your wedding. Question #8: Ways to make the ceremony more personalized to you and your fiancé? Answer #8: A personable officiant that personalizes your ceremony is the best. YOUR story is the key to this. Dating, proposal, what do you love about each other, what do others love about you? Question #9: Best way to incorporate 2 religions or 2 languages? Answer #9: 2 languages can be every word in equal time or certain sections in each language. Question #10: What suggestions do you have for an officiant in a ceremony with cultural elements that not all guests may be familiar with? (I.e. Chinese Tea Ceremony, jumping the broom, Filipino sponsors, Areas, etc.) Answer #10: If there are specific rituals involved, the officiant should explain it. The history, the cultural importance, what it means to the couple or the family. Explain what is happening next and why we are doing it. Question #11: What's a good thank you gift for your female officiant who is a friend? Answer #11: WHAT you gift is personal and up to you. Think about how much you would pay a professional and spend either as much or close to it if possible. Everyone loves a good gift card! Question #12: What should your officiant wear? Answer #12: Dress classic. Suit is great for ANYONE. A nice dress. Not flashy, never outshine the couple. Colors should not clash with the wedding florals Question #13: When/how do they enter the ceremony? Answer #13: Mark's fave. Enter before the processional and address the guests and make any announcements OR enter with the Groomsmen prior to the main processional. Question #14: How does an officiant approach “housekeeping details” like asking everyone to silence their phones or to stick around for a group photo when the couple recesses down the aisle, etc Answer #14: Say it right before the processional starts Question #15: Where is the best place to fit a handfasting ceremony into the larger wedding ceremony? Answer #15: Usually after the vows and before the ring exchange. The couple will need to get their hands out easily to do the ring exchange, so tie the ribbon loose. Some people like it tied tight, so they do it after the ring exchange and keep hands tied during the kiss and then you untie. Question #16: My officiant said he doesn't come to the rehearsal!! What do we do? Answer #16: This is not ideal, but... If you have a planner or month of coordinator, that person will run the rehearsal. If you don't have a planner, then you or someone else will need to run the rehearsal. Links We Referenced https://www.unboringweddingacademy.com (https://www.unboringweddingacademy.com) https://unboringwedding.com (https://unboringwedding.com) Mark's no stranger to the podcast so if you haven't heard him previously head back to: Episode #150 (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/lldfynmtsgmhlebukhmm4tntpklah4) - Will you Marry Us Episode 241 (https://www.thebigweddingplanningpodcast.com/episodes/p3v0phpfbqrhy29t3jx3g11ungwb12) - The Big Wedding Planning Masterclass. A special thank you to our sponsors of this episode: Zola - They have everything you need all in one place! Visit zola.com/bigwedding (https://welcome.zola.com/allproducts_alldevices_50/?pkey=bigweddingpod&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=bigwedding&) Flower Moxie.com (https://flowermoxie.com)Use code BigWeddings for $25.00 off your purchase! We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). If you want to become a Patron (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast), and get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast)! A giant thank you to all of our Patrons, who help keep this podcast running! Learn more by checking out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Special Guest: Mark Allen Groleau.

    #300 - Real Wedding Retrospective: Rosie and Will

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 65:35


    Woot Woot! Today we are celebrating 300 Episodes of The Big Wedding Planning Podcast! We're toasting this milestone with guests Rosie and Will. Wedding planning clients of Michelle, the couple was married in October of 2021. Their wedding happened just as Covid restrictions were lifting, which surprisingly brought its own unique set of challenges. Rosie and Will chat with Michelle today about what they learned, share advice on what they might have done differently, and reflect on the moment that brought them together for a lifetime. Big Takeaways * There were about 86 guests in attendance. Most of the wedding took place outside, at a family friend's house. * In regards to covid precautions, they only required a negative covid test. * The caterer had been used by a family member before so they felt confident booking them. Challenges and Tips * Unfortunately, their catering company was sold during the pandemic and sadly the couple has yet to receive their deposit back. * Even under pressure, do your due diligence. * Family style food was a cost-savings for the couple. * Make sure you and your partner are on the same page with timing throughout your wedding day. * Rosie and Will purchased their own alcohol and ended up with way more than they needed. * The pair purchased spirits as well as beer and wine, but waited until after dinner to put the spirits out. A great cost savings tip * Their favors were custom matches. * Rosie's father has passed away. So to honor him, they lit candles at the beginning of the ceremony for him and Will's grandparents. It was a symbolic way of feeling their presence at the wedding. * They tried to save money on lighting and ultimately wish they had paid a professional to do the lighting for them. * Be thoughtful about where you seat your elderly family members. * Upon reflection, the pair wishes they had done a first look. * If Rosie could go back, she would have purchased a second dress for post wedding ceremony festivities. * Remember to find time to eat. The day goes by quickly. Links We Referenced danipadgettweddings.com (https://danipadgettweddings.com) culinaryeye.com (https://culinaryeye.com) Quotes “I'm sure you have many episodes on this. Planning comes in phases, right? Like first is you're all stressed out trying to find the vendors. Then you book the vendors, and for awhile it's kinda like pretty mellow, like you're doing a couple of things here and there. But then like two months out from the wedding is - like whoosh - just so much to do. So I'm sure like when things were high pressure it was stressful. But I feel like Will was involved in the things he really cared about, and super helpful around those times and just let me run with everything else.” - Rosie “Just enjoy it. Enjoy the ride. Don't get too stressed out. It's gonna, I think Michelle you said this a lot, it's gonna happen the way it happens. It's out of your control the second that the day kicks off. And so you just go with it. And at the end of the day, all you remember is it was the best day of your life and it was so fun. I just kept saying ‘I want to do it all over again, can we plan a ten year anniversary party?'” - Rosie Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #299 - Smart financial decisions for a long-lasting marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 55:05


    “Don't get married! Don't do it!” Those were the words of advice our guest of today's podcast used to share with his friends and family. As one of Atlanta's award winning Divorce attorney's, Aaron Thomas, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has spent years working with couples during the painful side of marriage, watching them come to an end. Today, Aaron is happily married himself and no longer advocates against getting married, he does however, offer uplifting and positive advice for the consideration of prenups when planning a wedding. Michelle's discussion with Aaron, helps demistify why prenups get a bad reputation and how they can be a useful tool for couples who want to start their financial relationship in an intentional, transparent, and fair way. Big Takeaways Three Things that lead to a successful financial relationship: 1. Transparency Disclose all your assets and debts when you come in. 2. Communication Make agreements on certain spending habits. For instance, Aaron and his spouse communicate any time they are going to spend over $500. 3. Fairness Buckets of spending are important. For instance, asking about spending that $500 is only when it is coming from the couple spending bucket. Then each person has their own account as well. If things do come to an end, can we handle it in a way that treats both of us fairly and kindly? Even if you never get divorced, having a pre-nup can do wonders for your relationship. In setting up the agreement, both people must lay out their entire financial situation, and this creates a vulnerability and understanding of each other that may never otherwise come. The pre-nup doesn't just have to be about what happens if the marriage ends, you can add in comments about how money is spent and handled DURING the marriage. Creating budgets helps the couple experience things together on equal footing. You can create a pre-nup after getting married, it's actually called a post-nup! If you can't add the pre-nup in right now, at least have the conversation. Talk to your partner about your finances! Links We Referenced prenups.com (https://prenups.com) aaronthomaslaw.com (https://www.aaronthomaslaw.com) Evite.com/BigWedding (https://www.evite.com/?utm_source=veritone&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=tryforfree&utm_content=bigwedding) Flower Moxie (https://flowermoxie.com) Use code BigWeddings for $25.00 off your purchase! Quotes “It's a good idea to talk about financial issues before the wedding. That's going to play into even the budget for the wedding planning, I would assume, so. But also more importantly, it has to do with your life together. So, certainly I think couples should start talking about financial issues and making sure they're on the same page before or during the wedding planning season.” - Aaron “You can't be living in the same household and in different socioeconomic classes. Right? It's a recipe for disaster.” - Aaron “The couple in the ‘60s getting married was like a start-up. The couple getting married today is like merging two fully formed corporations.” - Aaron “If we can decide, when we love each other, what's fair. You know, waiting until divorce is a cruel joke, because you wait until all the trust has been broken down and all of this negative feelings have been built up with the other person. And then, you're supposed to agree on how to manage all the division of your finances from the past 10, 20, 30 years?” - Aaron Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $6.99 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month! Special Guest: Aaron Thomas.

    #298 - What's happening at TBWPP + Introducing a new series

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 27:58


    We've got some super fun announcements for you on today's brand new bonus episode of The Big Wedding Planning Podcast! Michelle opens up about the exciting career path she's on, her mission to give you increased access to even more wedding planning secrets, as well as giving you more insider access to everything you need for planning wedded bliss. Hint hint...here's one of the major announcements you aren't going to want to miss. Michelle is starting a new series exclusively for Patrons of TBWPP. This bonus episode is your sneak peak into what's ahead for you when you become a member too. For $6.99 per month, you'll gain access to episodes like these, where Michelle will release 2 ad-free episodes per month + invete you to a monthly Zoom Happy Hour where we can all hang out, laugh, have fun, inspire and help each other out with wedding planning. Patreon is going to be a vital lifeline to the continued growth at TBWPP. On today's special Patreon episode, you'll listen to our guest share the issues of getting her fiancé to focus on making decisions with wedding planning. After doing the research, and having the options ready, her fiancé has so much work in his regular life that the decision fatigue has effected his ability to contribute to the planning process. In order to avoid friction in the relationship, Michelle gives advice on how to ask her fiancé for help by scheduling dedicated planning times, and how to work together for a smooth remainder of the planning. We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get 2 exclusive, ad-free episodes, + Zoom Happy Hour with Michelle and fellow patrons every month!

    #297 - All About Home Weddings with David Tutera

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 63:03


    Home weddings are so much fun and include some of Michelle's favorite wedding planning moments. On today's episode she's chatting it up with one of our favorite guests, David Tutera. The pair discusses the challenges not previously considered when using a home as a wedding venue as well as all the wonderful, intimate emotion that surrounds a wedding of this nature. Listen in because you are going to learn a lot! Tips: 1. You can buy handheld candles that are usually used for memorials. They prevent wax drippings and you can raise the cup up to make sure the flames are safe. 2. If you don't want a lot of dancing, you can create moments like musicians that cut in between smaller sections of dancing. 3. A rental specialist would be a helpful vendor if you are not having a planner. They will know what kind of rentals are needed to make the event go off without a hitch. 4. Caterers do not want to use your kitchen, and you probably don't want them using your kitchen anyway. 5. Make sure your spaces are not far apart from each other, so there isn't a lot of moving around. Consider what your guests have to walk through. 6. Permits! Know what kind of permits you might need in your area. HOA, city ordinances, fire department, police department, etc. 7. Liability insurance is crucial! 8. Purchasing your own alcohol might not actually save you that much money. Hiring caterers/bartenders is a much more practical idea. 9. Have someone available to keep up the cleanliness of toilets. Restroom facility rentals come with attendants! 10. Valet is the way to go. 11. Several months prior to your wedding, send a note to your neighbor with a gift that tells them about the event. Then the night before, give them a nice bottle of wine or food. 12. You MUST have a generator. Get a movie-quiet one if you can. 13. Lighting is very important, not only for safety but for aesthetic reasons too. 14. Do not water the grass! Turn off the sprinklers at least a few days before the wedding. 15. Check with your caterer about the trash! Get them haul it away. It will cost extra but it sooooo worth it. 16. Decibels and energy should increase before the ending of the night, that way you can start to quiet things down gradually. The host can give a thank you and that helps guests know it's time to leave. Links We Referenced davidtutera.com (https://davidtutera.com) experience.davidtutera.com (http://experience.davidtutera.com) instagram.com/davidtutera (https://www.instagram.com/davidtutera/) facebook.com/TheDavidTutera (https://www.facebook.com/TheDavidTutera) Quotes “I would say, you know, 98% of the time, a wedding at a private home is actually going to cost you more, not only money, but there's just so much more to think about. Because a home is not normally designed in a way to allow for a great flow for a big event.” - Michelle _“Keep in mind, like you were sharing earlier Michelle, when you arrive at someone's home, you're not just looking at the beauty of the space, you're looking at the reality of what the guests have to go through to get from point a, b, c, and d, and so on.” - David “Every single person, right now, that's listening to this podcast...” - David “David's very close to the microphone, this is very important. Listen.” - Michelle “I'm begging you to understand that a generator is a lifeline to success. When your power goes down, your party's over.” - David_ Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle! Special Guest: David Tutera.

    296 - You Ask. We Answer #52

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 74:02


    Our monthly episode of You Ask, We Answer; where we take time to listen to our audiences questions, select top trending picks, and answer them on the show. This month's show has Kelly McWilliams on as a co-host. Kelly is a wedding planner and a podcast host herself. She and Michelle speak each other's language in helping people planning their weddings. You'll get double the expertise as Michelle and Kelly give you answers to everything you're dying to know. Question #1: We are currently planning our wedding for July 2023 in Germany. We are hoping that the Covid situation has settled by then and both of our families will be able to celebrate together. We already rented our venue which is a beautiful mason house in the area where I grew up. My fiancé and I booked it for the entire weekend, which gives us enough time to hang out with all our loved ones. The only thing I am a little worried about is the language barrier. Obviously a lot of the younger generation speaks English, but important people like my mum and grandparents can't. You had a lot of great episodes on your podcast about multicultural weddings and how to make people feel included, but I was wondering if you have more tips about how to include people that communicate in different languages? One idea we had was to have a screen and projector in the back, so when we are holding speeches, guests will be able to read the translation of the speech. And obviously little cards so they can learn the greetings in each other languages. We will have a bilingual ceremony and I will get some of my friends and family to help with the translating on the day, but I also don't want to put everyone to work. I have been to so many multicultural weddings where there has been a massive divide between the two families, because they couldn't communicate properly which each other. We really want everyone to have a great time and get to know each other, that is our biggest priority, so any tips would be really appreciated!! Answer #1: You're on the right track, but the screen and projector in back feel like a lot of extra work. Unless someone is live translating, they would have to submit their speeches before hand to be translated. It's definitely an option. It would also be okay to have a translator there. For the most part, people tend to stick to their groups and talk to who they know. Cards with little translations on them is a great idea. Question #2: I am not yet engaged, but will be by summer time! I wanted to create a budget so we knew how much to save and got deep into planning. I love parties and planning, but know that I will need a lot of help. I am considering a full planning (almost certainly getting a month of), but our budget is not huge. We are hoping to stay in $25,000-35,000 for 50 person wedding. Is that too small a budget for a wedding planner around the Washington, DC area? Also if you know any planners in the area, I would love some recommendations. Answer #2: As for pricing of a planner, I can only speak to what I charge and at this time, that is $12,000 for Full Planning and $7,300 for partial. Your budget for that size wedding seems really great. I did some quick research and it seems to me that you should be able to have a really nice wedding for that budget. Even if you spent $12K for a planner, that would leave you over $20K for the wedding. Depending on what your priorities are that is. Keep in mind that really good photographers range from $5 to $10K and of course wedding attire can be really expensive if you go that route, but overall I'm feeling pretty good about your budget, so yay! DC itself is very expensive, but if you are able to look at venues a little outside of the city, you will find better ways to stretch your budget out. Find some planners in the area, and follow them on instagram. Visit theweddingreport.com to find ideas to start with budget. Keep in mind the numbers are for very basic weddings, and you will be building from that number. Question #3: My fiancé and I are getting married on Sunday, July 3rd of this year, in the Hudson Valley area of NY. We are traveling an hour and 20 mins to get to the venue, and most of our guests will have the same travel time (or more). We sent out our Save the Dates last year in November so everyone has basic info that the wedding will be during a holiday weekend, and we have shared details about hotel accommodations on our website (which was included on the Save the Date). My questions are: when do we send out the invites? and when should we make the RSVP by date? We will need to give our final head count to the venue 2 weeks prior to the wedding, but I think some wiggle room would be good since we're doing online RSVPs and anticipating some of the "older" guests to have some issues with this. Also, the last date to reserve within our room block is May 22nd, and I do not want people to forget to book their room or not have enough time to think about if they should reserve a room. Answer #3: Mail them out 8-10 weeks in advance, so maybe send them out on April 30th, so they get to everyone's home that first week of May. Make your RSVP by date: June 5 (so 4 weeks ahead of time), that way you have plenty of time to get in touch with anyone who didn't RSVP and make your deadline of 2 weeks to the venue. Regardless of your RSVP date, you need to send out reminders to people that the last day to book a room under the discounted rate is May 22nd. I would also recommend you reach out to the hotel in early May and ask for a Rooming List so you can see exactly who has booked their rooms already. This helps give you a hint of who you need to remind. Kelly recommends 12 week mail-outs as she works on a lot of destination weddings. This helps with any issues with the post office, and shipping. She also recommends RSVPs at least 6 weeks in advance just so you have extra wiggle room. Especially because having the numbers ahead of time knows how much of certain items to buy and have ready for guests. Question #4: My fiancé and I are planning a kind of a non-traditional wedding. We're not doing things like cutting, we're not doing any dancing. We don't have a bridal party and we're kind of thinking small, like a 50-person wedding. We're having our wedding at an outdoor venue in Washington called McMenamins. And the location is basically like a patio. So because we're not planning on dancing for the reception. I was wondering what type of things we could do to keep our guests entertained. We have a DJ and we're on a pretty tight budget, so we're just kind of planning on having Ambience music and we're hoping to have some like table games. Something fun for our guests to do but we're not really planning on having any of those micro-events that you have talked about before like the cake-cutting and speeches and all of those things. So, what would you suggest that we do to keep our guests entertained and kind of provide structure for the evening? Answer #4: There is nothing wrong with having a dinner party wedding! You don't have to add to that. Non- traditional is lovely. Micro events are recommend to keep things flowing, but not necessary. Remember a great dinner party you've been to in the past, often it's just snacks, dinner, conversation, and home. Some ideas: People love a good a slide show. You can make it yourself. Buy conversations starters and place them on the tables to promote conversation between guests. Bingo is a lot of fun. And you could rent the ball spinner, and get some little gifts for winners. You could have some cool musicians/performers come in that would be fun to watch. Question #5: My fiancé, Doug, and I are having a weekend style summer camp wedding. Guests will arrive at 5:30pm Friday for a BBQ then leave on Sunday at 11 am after brunch. There is a full day of activities planned on Saturday (lake activities, ropes courses etc) and our ceremony is scheduled for 6:30. The wedding is this June, so it will still be daylight. I do not want to miss many of the daytime activities on Saturday, but I know I need to set some time aside for my hair and make up. My plan is to start getting ready at 3:30 with a close group of friends, then do the first look and pictures at 5:30. I have planned a wine class for the guests that starts at 3:30, that majority of our guests will attend. (I am a professional wine buyer and have lots of wine professional friends, so I have enlisted a few to do the class) I do not mind missing the wine class and intentionally scheduled it at this time to start getting ready. So my question...Is this a reasonable timeline for that portion of events or do I need to allocate more time for hair, make up and pictures? I know many timelines have the bride starting to get ready 6 hours+ before. Side note, I am not planning on hiring a hair and make up artist and mostly because of the tight timeline. Answer #5: There are a lot of factors on time. Are you doing your own hair and make up? Or is someone (a friend) doing it for you? Assuming you are doing your own and your guests are as well, there is no need for 6 hours. A room full of friends can make time fly by really fast, if you are all talking, drinking, etc. If you have two hours, then you will need to make sure everyone is focused. Getting dressed takes a lot of time. After first look, you return to your room and don't walk straight to the ceremony. So at 6, you need to be tucked away as guests are sitting. If you can, start getting ready at 2:30pm. If you are doing pre-wedding pictures with your wedding party, time needs to be pushed up to 5. Chat with your photographer on timelines. Question #6: The other question is about insurance. We are required to have limited liability insurance and our venue will allow us to add ourselves to their policy for the weekend for $350. Should we get additional insurance in case anything happens to our other vendors or the venue itself? It sounds like the insurance that we are purchasing through the venue just covers if something happens to our guests during the wedding. Answer #6: Be careful with what is included with the insurance. They run the gamut on pricing, and it is important to read the fine details in the policy so you know what it does and does not cover. The venue's insurance probably only covers the venue. You can get wedding insurance. The venue's liability insurance probably does not cover your guests. Ask vendors before you book them if they have their own business liability insurance. Links We Referenced https://www.kellymcwilliams.com (https://www.kellymcwilliams.com) https://www.kellymcwilliams.com/blog/this-vs-that-wedding-podcast(This Vs. That Podcast) https://www.bellanottedc.com (https://www.bellanottedc.com) https://bellwetherevents.com (https://bellwetherevents.com) https://wedding.report (https://wedding.report) https://www.theexperientialwedding.com (https://www.theexperientialwedding.com) QR Code Generator (https://www.qr-code-generator.com) We're able to produce this podcast because of YOUR support. If you want to learn more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). If you want to become a Patron (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast), and get exclusive access to our monthly newsletter, bonus episodes, and more, check out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast)! A giant thank you to all of our Patrons, who help keep this podcast running! Learn more by checking out our Patreon Page (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast). Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle! Special Guest: Kelly A. McWilliams.

    #295 - Without A Hitch. Author Mary Huddleston

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 59:36


    Have you ever wondered about the crazy fun, interesting, and shocking things celebrity wedding planners see behind the scenes? The author of this really cool new book titled: "Without a Hitch" joins Michelle today on the podcast. Author Mary Huddleston is a a former wedding planner to celebrities and to people who have spent insanely large amounts of money on weddings. Mary's new book isn't a documentary necessarily, but is based on the things she's done and seen in her career. The main characters of the book are relatable at times and over the top hilarious at others. Whether you're planning a wedding now, or you work as a wedding planner yourself, you're going to laugh your head off reading this book. In the mean time get to know Mary on today's show as she offers up a few sneak peaks with Michelle. Big Takeaways * The more money and family involved, the more drama. * A good wedding planner has your back and acts as a liaison between you and the vendors and more. Sometimes, they even act as a therapist. It's important to really connect with your planner. * When it comes to day-of coordination, Mary also does not advise it. Minimum, she recommends hiring a planner three months out. They need to have time to give advice and review everything. It can't happen in one day or month of. If you hire someone earlier on they can fix problems, negotiate contracts, and do all the magic that planners do. Tips and questions to ask a wedding planner you might not have thought to ask: 1. How long have you been doing this? 2. How often have you worked at this venue? 3. Make sure they are the kind of person who can stand up for you when needed. 4. Do you have experience doing the type of wedding we're doing? Links We Referenced https://www.instagram.com/mrssouthernsocial/ (https://www.instagram.com/mrssouthernsocial/) https://www.pinterest.com/mrssouthernsocialofficial/ (https://www.pinterest.com/mrssouthernsocialofficial/) https://mrssouthernsocial.com/ (https://mrssouthernsocial.com) https://mrssouthernsocial.com/book-club-guide/ (https://mrssouthernsocial.com/book-club-guide/) https://pleasebeseated.com (https://pleasebeseated.com) Quotes “She [Asher] went off and pursued a proper journalism degree at Colombia and I went and, you know, helped brides change their underwear for a living.” - Mary _ _“You know, you go to these weddings and something's always going to go wrong, it's just to what degree. You know, and obviously, if the guest is seeing it then it's probably a large problem. But there's so much that goes on behind the scenes and the really good vendors and wedding planners you never know about it. Or if you do it's at the end of the event and it hasn't ruined the event.” - Mary Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle! Special Guest: Mary Huddleston.

    #294 - A Wedding Day Disaster Turned Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 54:41


    A year ago, our guest on today's show, Jordan Hager, reached out to Michelle with a story you won't want to miss. Her email was titled: “My wedding story when all vendors cancelled.” She shares once-in-a-lifetime experience which begins on the day Texas, experienced the worst ice storm the state had ever seen. Jordan's story is one of hope and a powerful reminder to those of you planning a wedding that yes, you will experience stress and drama during the process of getting married, but keeping your focus on the end result of marrying your sweetheart is really what it's all about. Jordann Hager is 27 years young and currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Matt and their sheepadoodle puppy, Bodhi (bo-dee). Jordann spends her days working in Pediatrics & Family Support Services and her nights working as an associate wedding planner. Jordann is known for her love of pink and her quick wit and is often referred to as “The Actual Elle Woods”. Big Takeaways * In the intensity of everything changing, and needing to be adjusted last minute, Jordann was able to stay optimistic, and work with her people to create a magical wedding day. * Having a wedding planner was ultimately the only way her wedding was able to still happen. Amanda, her planner, put out fires, found last minute substitutes, and never stopped working. * Jordann's biggest advice for staying sane on the big day is marry your best friend. The goal of the day is to get married, and in the end, if that happens that it was a successful day. * Choose a wedding planner that you would want around you if everything went wrong. Links We Referenced instagram.com/jordann.hager (https://instagram.com/jordann.hager) instagram.com/dovetail_jordann (https://www.instagram.com/dovetail_jordann/) dovetailweddings.com (https://dovetailweddings.com) instagram.com/dovetailweddings (https://www.instagram.com/dovetailweddings/) instagram.com/makeupbymaddz_ (https://www.instagram.com/makeupbymaddz_/) saloneforte-hair.com (http://salonforte-hair.com) themansionatcolovista.com (https://www.themansionatcolovista.com) instagram.com/themansionatcolovista (https://www.instagram.com/themansionatcolovista/) austinstuartphotography.com (https://www.austinstuartphotography.com) instagram.com/austinstuartphoto (https://www.instagram.com/austinstuartphoto/) kalocatering.com (https://kalocatering.com) instagram.com/kalocatering (https://www.instagram.com/kalocatering/) hellotara.com (https://hellotara.com) instagram.com/taralyonsphotography (https://www.instagram.com/taralyonsphotography/) Quotes _“I see her name's Amanda, she's like, ‘So we have a little problem...' ‘Oh no.' She's like, ‘So...' and she opens the door and everything is completely white. I can see ice everywhere of this parking lot of the little cottages we're staying at on site.” - Jordann “When people say, ‘I don't know what wedding planners do,' I'm like, ‘Okay, have a seat, I'm going to tell you this is what happened and it was beautiful.'” - Jordann “The big advice I tell people is marry your best friend.” - Jordann_ Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle!

    #293 - All About Print Materials

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 65:14


    On today's episode of the podcast Michelle connects with the lovely Claire White, owner of White Ink Calligraphy. Listen in as Claire answers all those questions you want answers to about any type of print material you're going to need for your wedding. Claire White puts pen to paper in Nashville Tennessee and has been serving the wedding industry for five years. White Ink started out as a calligraphy studio and has recently expanded to offering full invitation services, graphic design and printing services. White Ink assists their clients with wedding details from Save the Dates to the place cards at their wedding reception, and everything in between. Big Takeaways From Chava: Any tips for creating your own invitation/invitation suites? We want to design the invitation ourselves but how to best execute once we have the design. What card stock would you recommend? Any specifics on how to utilize a cricut? If you are thinking of getting a cricut for the first time for your wedding, don't do it.They are complicated. If you are used to using them, go for it! 110lbs or heavier for card stock. Anything with texture will look more lux. Have a candid conversation with your printer about what kind of paper they can use. Local printers are usually focused more on large print projects, and less on small ones. DIY will be a lot more time. And sometimes will end with you spending a lot more money than having ordered out because there will be trouble shooting along the way. From Anamaria: Ways to save money on custom invitations. Ask the stationer if they have semi-customdesignsavailable. While white ink doesn't offer semi-custom, you can find old designs you like and have them work with that which does decrease cost. From Hope: What is the best way to find postage that will compliment your invitation suite without the ability to customize stamps? Do you ever have issues with return addresses printed on the back of envelopes being sent back instead of to the intended recipient because it isn't on the front in the upper left hand corner? The post office releases new postage fairly frequently. When something comes out of rotation, it becomes ‘vintage'. You can find vintage postage through Etsy, or other places online. Be careful! There is counterfeit postage going around! Always put the invitation return address on the back flap. Make it smaller font than the mailing address. It shouldn't ever get sent to the return address. From Brigit: The whole USPS mailing process. Anything we should know about weight/stamps/ hand canceling (I know I've heard that term before but think it's more expensive??) Hand canceling stops the post office from running it through their machine with the barcode, but it doesn't guarantee it won't happen in another office. Some offices require extra postage for a wax seal or hand canceling. If it's just a cardinan envelope, put one stamp. If it has multiple things inside, put two stamps to just be safe. From Laura: What's the best way to address invites in the modern age? Re: lots of married friends who did not take their partner's name + which names comes first + including kids? The rules of etiquette are a little bit behind when it comes to modern addressing. Don't lose sleep over it. More formal: list the male first. Friend is the female but lives with a male: list the female first. Mr. __ and Mrs. ___ is okay. How formal do you want to be? There are a million different right answers. The etiquette rules can change from address to address. From Amber: What recommendations do you have for seating chart styles and formats (ex. Grouped by tables or alphabetically) in light of Covid and higher likelihood of people not being able to come last minute and maybe needing to shuffle some people around. Especially for outdoor weddings where escort cards are likely to fly away. If you are worried about your escort cards flying away, talk with your wedding planner to come up with solutions. If you have a seating chart listed alphabetically by last name, it is easier to change. When it's put by table, it is much harder to change last minute. Michelle loves first name, last initial, then table number. If you have to have it by table, you should have a smaller guest count. From Jessica: Recommendations on what information to actually include on the invites/inserts? - Insertshouldalwaysincludeyourwebsite! From Natasha: What's the etiquette for sending out 2 different invitations? One set for the bride's family and a different one for the groom's side. I feel like certain family members need to be told specific things and others do not. You are hosting a wedding for these guests. You don't have to explain things in different terminology for different guests. If you have to, you can make it a text. - Make it super clear on your website. From Nika: Any advice on mailing invites abroad? My save the dates took 6 weeks to get to parts of Europe. If you have a beautiful suite you want to stay pretty and get there in a reasonable time, put it in a flat mailer and mail it with more postage as a parcel. - SenditUSPS. From Manda: Do I have to include physical rsvps or can I just have people go online? I don't want to be tacky- but also think this could save a good bit of money. The trend is that about 50% of couples are doing online RSVP snow. There is really no wrong answer. From Cassy: If its OK to add a leaflet about a welcome party in the invitation suite, why is it bad form to add the reception invitation to the suite? Why do people recommend mailing them separately? Reception insert should be a separatecard, but not a different envelope! Links We Referenced etsy.com (https://www.etsy.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=etsy%20com_e&utm_campaign=Search_US_Brand_GGL_ENG_General-Brand_Core_All_Exact&utm_ag=A1&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQiAmpyRBhC-ARIsABs2EApi3Dm9WWhse6mTR-SVNwwI1gSkrLogTjN5ILQ6vcQ4R8d6YauxDMMaAqmmEALw_wcB_k_&utm_content=go_227553629_16342445429_536666953103_kwd-1818581812_c_&utm_custom2=227553629&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmpyRBhC-ARIsABs2EApi3Dm9WWhse6mTR-SVNwwI1gSkrLogTjN5ILQ6vcQ4R8d6YauxDMMaAqmmEALw_wcB) store.usps.com/store/results/stamps//N-9y93lv?requestid=304204 emilypost.com (https://emilypost.com) crane.com/etiquette-guide (https://www.crane.com/etiquette-guide) qr-code-generator.com (https://www.qr-code-generator.com) whiteinkcalligraphy.com (https://www.whiteinkcalligraphy.com) instagram.com/whiteinkcalligraphy (https://www.instagram.com/whiteinkcalligraphy/) littlepostagehouse.com/vintage-postage-curated-collections (https://www.littlepostagehouse.com/vintage-postage-curated-collections) enfieldpost.com (https://www.enfieldpost.com) magnoliapostage.com (https://www.magnoliapostage.com) Quotes “Ultimately, at the end of the day, you don't want it to look like a 3rd grade craft project. Right? You want it to look professional, even if you DIY'd it. There's a lot of tutorials on YouTube, certain stationers that assist with DIY, you can find people on instagram. You will save money this way. that go the DIY route, regret it, jump on board with a professional, and then they're paying rush fees.” - Claire _“You are hosting a wedding for these guests. You do not need to be explaining things in different terminologies for different guests. That is a phone call. If they ask, that is a text message.” - Claire _ Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle! Special Guest: Claire White.

    #292 - Oh, The Bromance!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 33:59


    - Plan your wedding using The Big Wedding Planning Master Class (https://www.thebigweddingplanningmasterclass.com/). A self-paced digital course created with love for you by Christy & Michelle. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast is... * Hosted and produced by Michelle Martinez. * Edited by Veronica Gruba. * Music by Steph Altman of Mophonics (https://www.mophonics.com/). * On Instagram @thebigweddingplanningpodcast and be sure to use #planthatwedding when posting, so you can get our attention! * Inviting you to become part of our Facebook Group! Join us and our amazing members. Just search for The Big Wedding Planning Podcast Community on Facebook. * Easy to get in touch with. Email us at thebigweddingplanningpodcast@gmail.com or Call and leave a message at 415-723-1625 and you might hear your voice on an episode * On Patreon. Become a member (https://www.patreon.com/thebigweddingplanningpodcast) and with as little as $5 per month, you get bonus episodes, special newsletters and Zoom Cocktail Hours with Michelle!

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